News broke a couple of days ago that John Scalzi‘s Hugo winning novel Redshirts was picked up by FX for a “limited” television series. This isn’t a case of, “If we can’t get a Star Trek or Galaxy Quest series on TV, Redshirts is a good stand-in.” Redshirts is a fantastic comedic look at the world of sci-fi television and deserves a place alongside those franchises.
I was happy to hear the book was getting the Hollywood treatment. It’s a great read and Scalzi is one of the authors I recommend to people interested in reading some sci-fi. Star Trek‘s own and Internet guru Wil Wheaton reads the audio version of the book.
Scalzi was so excited when he got word of the series deal that he:
I was so excited about sharing the Redshirts news that I forgot to pick up my daughter form school. AND SO IT BEGINS.
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) February 7, 2014
But that was cool, because:
My dad bought me apology ice cream for not getting me from school. #threethousandcaloriesofawesomeness
— Athena Scalzi (@AScalzi98) February 7, 2014
You can see a great example of Scalzi’s humorous and easy-going personality in his reaction to another sites unfortunate typo:
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) February 8, 2014
Back to the series details. Feature producer Jon Shestack (Dan In Real Life), producer-director Ken Kwapis (Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants) and Alexandra Beattie are developing the series with Scalzi listed as an executive producer and series consultant.
There’s no word yet on what writer will help adapt the book into a TV series and any casting most likely won’t be done until they have a solid script, but Kwapis will direct at least the first episode.
Redshirts follows the adventures of five new recruits assigned to the same ship in the Universal Union fleet:
Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. It’s a prestige posting, with the chance to serve on “Away Missions” alongside the starship’s famous senior officers.
Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to realize that 1) every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, 2) the ship’s senior officers always survive these confrontations, and 3) sadly, at least one low-ranking crew member is invariably killed. Unsurprisingly, the savvier crew members belowdecks avoid Away Missions at all costs.
Then Andrew stumbles on information that transforms his and his colleagues’ understanding of what the starship Intrepid really is…and offers them a crazy, high-risk chance to save their own lives.
Via: Nerd Approved